Apr 25, 2012

PURPLE CRABS Discovered in Palawan, Philippines - Endangered Species - PHOTO

PURPLE CRABS discovered in Palawan Philippines Endangered SpeciesWhat an astounding discovery! Four reddish-purple crabs were discovered in Palawan, Philippines by the scientists at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Germany and De La Salle University in Manila in line with their Aqua Palawana research program.

The crabs depend on freshwater and they are threatened by . . .

mining activities in the area.

Study leader Hendrik Freitag of Senckenberg said, "We have proved that the only previously known type of Insulamon is restricted to the Calamian group of islands to the north of Palawan. The four newly discovered species live exclusively on the actual island of Palawan and make it a unique habitat."

In a statement, Freitag added, "The smaller the remaining natural habitat, the greater is the risk to endemic fauna and flora. Even minor environmental changes can lead to extinctions. It is all the more important to do research in this region and show that the biodiversity of these islands is unique and worth protecting."

Their study was published in the journal Raffles Bulletin of Zoology.

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